Continuing and Professional Education

Sandra Gladney, Executive Director
Baker Downtown Center
975 High St., Suite 110
1277 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1277

Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Oregon, working in partnership with campus schools and colleges, selected vendors, and national credentialing associations, provides educational opportunities to people seeking instruction and enrichment beyond the traditional campus experience.

Lifelong Learning

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Institute is part of a national network of more than 120 programs serving seasoned adults in the continued pursuit of knowledge. This noncredit program is designed for adults 50 and older, providing year-round access to a variety of lectures, short courses, peer-led study and discussion groups, educational tours and field trips, and shared interest groups. Annual or six-month registration options are available. The institute has two long standing physical locations in central Oregon and Eugene-Springfield but allows for virtual membership around the state.

Nearly 800 members engage in learning experiences led by institute staff members, independent scholars, community experts, and current or retired university faculty members in an informal classroom setting. Membership is open to all interested adults; a previous affiliation with the University of Oregon is not a requirement of membership.

UO Insight Seminars

UO Insight Seminars are short-term, in-depth investigations of art, literature, poetry, philosophy, history, architecture, archaeology, religion, and current events. Led by UO and guest faculty members who provide formal study guides and lead college-level discussions, the seminars offer college-level study for the sake of personal fulfillment.

Professional Development

Boot Camps

UO Boot Camps are intense, immersive short duration programs offered in four subject areas: Coding, Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, and UX/UI. Boot camps are designed with in-demand market needs and allow students to apply knowledge to solve real-world problems. Courses taught by subject matter practitioners.

Other Services

Administration of Conferences and Special Programs

Administrative support is provided for a variety of conferences and noncredit workshops, including events offered by academic departments and individual faculty members developing activities for UO students and community members, academic societies, associations, regional meetings, and nonacademic community-interest programs.

Baker Downtown Center Community Engagement

Baker Downtown Center classroom facilities located in downtown Eugene are managed by Continuing and Professional Education, a unit within Student Services and Enrollment Management. Space can be utilized for community engagement events that align with the university and departmental missions and have an education and/or community engagement purpose.